All road projects should resume: Rio

All road projects should resume: Rio
Neiphiu Rio during the state level meeting on monsoon preparedness.
DIMAPUR, JUL 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/4/2020 1:20:41 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Saturday directed responsible departments, to ensure that road construction agencies in the state resume all road projects that have been stalled. 

He said this while addressing the state officials during the state level meeting on monsoon preparedness at the Secretariat conference hall, Kohima

Since most of the migrant labourers engaged in road projects have left the state due to COVID-19 pandemic, Rio asked the responsible construction agencies to bring back the skilled labourers and workers to start work after following all provisions of the state SOP for COVID-19. He also emphasized on providing training to local manpower already available here, so that their services could be used for handing various kinds of machineries and equipment.

The objective of the meeting was to take stock of preparedness level in view of the monsoon season and also to take preventive measures in the event of any eventuality thereby averting the loss of lives and properties from the fury of natural calamities. Rio asked the concerned departments to jointly inspect the roads, to ensure that the drainages were free from being clogged particularly during monsoon and also to take appropriate preventive action wherever necessary. 

He also stressed on the need for advance placement of funds to the concerned authority in the district so as to take preventive measures without delay.

At the meeting, OSD Nagaland State Disaster management Authority, Johny Ruangmai gave a briefing on ‘monsoon preparedness’ with reference to previous year’s experiences and how the NSDMA and other line departments had responded to the situations.

NPWD engineer-in-chief, Er. Limatongdang Jamir gave a power point presentation the status of all the district roads. He said with the onset of monsoon, roads connecting inter-districts, towns and villages in all the 24 divisions of the state were being affected by landslides, mudslides, subsidence etc. However, he said with the active participation and concerted efforts of the department, damaged roads have been connected and restored for traffic in all the districts with the help of machineries. 

Urban Development and Home Guards & Civil Defence departments also gave power point presentation regarding monsoon preparedness. During the meeting, the preparedness of Agri and Allied departments, and Food & Civil Supplies department, for ensuring availability of essential food items and commodities, were also deliberated. The meeting was also attended by cabinet ministers, advisors, chief secretary and other senior officials.



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